NRL ends any hope of John Hopoate helping Tonga in official capacity

Rugby league bad boy John Hopoate touched down in New Zealand with the Tongan team on Wednesday night – but the NRL has been quick to end any hopes of him playing an official role with the international game's rising stars. Hopoate was already the game's most suspended player when he was handed a whopping 10-year ban earlier this season […]

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NRL grand final: How the Roosters and Storm players rated

Roosters 1. James Tedesco: Was smooth while involved in backline movements on either side of the ruck, and as ferocious as ever in kick returns. 8/10 2. Daniel Tupou: Scored the opener and didn't put a foot wrong – ran for almost 200 metres and was safe in defence. 7.5  3. Latrell Mitchell: Yet again in 2018, the young centre absolutely had Will Chambers' […]

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How NRL CEO Todd Greenberg is quietly booting goals under pressure

A bleak winter Saturday evening, four minutes into a rugby league match at a suburban Sydney ground, and nothing is happening. The few disgruntled spectators who have come so they can yell at real people, not their television sets, are yelling at a giant scoreboard screen. "Get on with it!" "It's a try, you muppet!" Mostly there is silence. The […]

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'Tough to play NRL when you can't talk': Crichton to find voice again

Angus Crichton had barely been able to speak for a fortnight, staggered into the sheds at half-time and was handed a cardboard box. A few teammates looked over and wondered, 'what the hell is that going to do?' Crichton had just vomited minutes earlier on the field, another symptom of a bizarre virus which has been his September scourge. In […]

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NRL investigating claims of lewd video chat, months after complaint

The NRL has launched an investigation after a 23-year-old woman says high-profile South Sydney Rabbitohs players exposed themselves to her in a video chat in May. The woman says she complained to the rugby league club in June, but says her complaint went ignored for more than three months. It's understood the allegation was brought to the attention of the […]

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NRL slaps Bulldogs with $250,000 fine for Mad Monday controversy

The NRL has slapped the Bulldogs with a $250,000 fine over their Mad Monday gathering at The Rocks. NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said in a statement on Thursday afternoon that the heavy penalty reflected "the seriousness of the behaviour and the damage which has been caused to the game". Sanctioned: The Canterbury Bulldogs have been hit with a huge […]

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Thurston's last NRL season mentally tough

His body may be holding up well but Johnathan Thurston has revealed his final NRL season has been very challenging mentally. Ahead of his final home game for North Queensland, Thurston said physically he had no complaints after a remarkable recovery from shoulder surgery that sabotaged his 2017 season. Tough year: Johnathan Thurston. However, the 35-year-old is at peace with […]

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NRL boss Todd Greenberg: 'People tell me how to do my job better'

Everyone has an opinion on how NRL boss Todd Greenberg is doing his job, he says. “I went into this job with my eyes wide open,” says National Rugby League boss Todd Greenberg, “but I massively underestimated still the price you pay for losing your anonymity. We have eight games a weekend. Every weekend I have eight very public performance […]

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